Tru Native aka “Truman” quietly backed off the trailer this evening like a pro. It was just getting dark, but he stood like a statue and looked around. Then we walked him into the barn aisle and right down to his stall, which he promptly walked right into. He sniffed and nickered to the horse next door, Abby (another very, very old TB 31 years!! which I call Truman’s grandpa now). He immediately started eating his hay, he is a BIG boy and loves to eat.
After about 15 minutes, we took him out of his stall. I was not sure if he had ever been on crossties, but put them on him and hoped for the best. He just stood there soaking up all the attention and grooming. He loves carrots and peppermints, but has no idea about sugar cubes yet and proceeds to spit them out. I also tried to feed him a hot beet pulp meal which he turned his nose up at, not sure at all what that was. I’m sure in the days to follow he will figure that one out.
I had a group of friends with me tonight celebrating Truman’s arrival. Not ONE of them could believe he was a OTTB!! This is one of the biggest TB’s I have ever seen. I have attached some pictures and will send an update in a few days after I have given him his beauty treatment.
I didn’t want to leave him tonight and won’t sleep at all. Of course, I will be at the barn at the crack of dawn to see him. I ADORE Truman.
Happy New Mom,
Tru Native was a Prospect Horse on the Bits & Bytes Farm Web site in December of 2009 when he was purchased by Lauren Wittkop of Algonquin, IL.
“Tru” is a 16.3+ hand, April 28, 2004, unraced, chestnut, Thoroughbred gelding. He is Me Tru’s (aka “Marvin”) full brother but is built more like a warm blood than a Thoroughbred. He has the same disposition as “Marvin” – very laid back and nice to be around. He only breezed once and was just too big and slow to make the races. This is a big boned and big bodied horse who is clean legged and who has no vices. He has been off-the-track for about a year and has been living out in the field. He is an easy keeper and will make a great riding or show horse. The transition for him should be as easy as it was for Marvin. Read Me Tru’s (”Marvin’s” real name) Success Stories.